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Bramble to fight next week in Tampa

Former lightweight boxing champion Ras-I Bramble will continue his comeback in a 10-round match against Steve Larrimore at 7:30 p.m. on June 14 at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa. The 31-year-old Bramble (30-5-2 with 19 knockouts) was known as Livingstone Bramble when he won the World Boxing Association title by beating Ray "Boom-Boom" Mancini in 1984. On the undercard, Donny Poole (26-2) will face Willie McGee (7-8-2) in an eight-round junior middleweight bout, and there will be two six-round cruiserweight bouts: St. Petersburg's Fred Adams (7-0, 3 KOs) vs. Renaldo Minus (7-3) and Tampa's Frankie Bray (7-1) vs. Tony Poole (2-2-1). Tickets are available at TicketMaster locations. Call 898-2100 in Pinellas or 287-8844 in Hillsborough. Undefeated Tommy Morrison is scheduled to fight World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Ray Mercer in Atlantic City, N.J., on Aug.

9, it was announced Wednesday. A victory by Morrison (27-0 with 23 knockouts) would set up a fight with Evander Holyfield or George Foreman.Soccer: Defending World Cup champion Germany and Italy were upset in European championship qualifiers Wednesday night while the Netherlands, the defending European titlist, managed only a 1-1 tie at Finland. Wales (3-0-1) beat Germany (2-1) for the first time ever, 1-0 at Cardiff on a goal by Ian Rush with 24 minutes left. Italy (2-1-2), a World Cup semifinalist, was shocked 2-1 by Norway (3-1-1) at Oslo.

Et cetera: Wales beat World Cup champion Germany for the first time ever, 1-0, and Norway upset Italy 2-1 in the European soccer championships. Italy is third in its group and has only a slim chance to reach the eight-team finals. Three University of Pittsburgh football players _ starting nose tackle Derrick Hicks, linebacker Terrance Wheatley and cornerback Ken Abrams _ have been suspended indefinitely for reasons that coach Paul Hackett would not disclose. Gene Stus had games of 300 and 299 to take the third-round lead in the Professional Bowlers Association's Showboat Senior Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. Sprinter Ben Johnson, unhappy at the progress of his comeback, began a two-week training program in Italy. Johnson is to run against Carl Lewis July 1 in France. Defending champion Gianni Bugno won the 10th stage of cycling's Tour of Italy and moved within one second of leader Franco Chioccioli. Sprinter Ben Johnson, unhappy at the way his comeback is going, began a two-week training program in Italy.

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